These are unprecedented times in the world these days. Every day we are given statistics on the number of cases, deaths, and restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As a healthcare worker, I feel I am doing my best to serve my patients needs. It is a process like none I have ever experienced. As healthcare workers, we have always washed hands and taken appropriate precautions, but now not being able to shake a hand, or touch a patient without personal protective equipment or give a hug to those who truly need it for fear of transmitting the virus to someone or receiving it from someone have made us all feel additional stress, anxiety, and depression. I experience these feelings at times too. We are human! I want to reassure you that it is normal to have these fears at this time. I want to challenge you to begin to use those coping mechanisms and generate those positive brain pathways now more than ever! Now is the perfect time to call a friend, spend some time doing yoga or meditation, get those positive thoughts down in a journal to refer back to, or get outside for some fresh air. The unknown is fearful for us all. Live your best life in this moment. Watch the birds, check out the clouds in the sky, and observe the simple things in life. By participating in social distancing, washing your hands, and cover your coughs, you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of the virus. You are essential and you are needed! We will all do our best! And one day we will all have the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends like we used to. But for now, do the small things, take small steps which will eventually add up to giant leaps and bounds! As Neil Armstrong said when he landed on the moon, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”. Be safe everyone, and if you need us, give us a call!
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